Fox Newsletter Friday 18th January 2019
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This week in pictures

Year 3 feather drawings 

Year 1 have been exploring sharing using the picture book 'The doorbell rang' as inspiration.

Year 2 exploring primary colours with Piet Mondrian
Dates for your diary
21st - 25th January 

Mon 21st Jan
  • Reading Gladiators - Yrs 4 and 5
Tues 22nd Jan
  • Reading Gladiators - Yrs 2 and 3
23rd Jan
Thurs 24th Jan
  • Year 2 dance workshop 
  • Year 5 trip to the British Library 
Fri 25th Jan
  • Mid-Year reports out

Upcoming dates:
  • Parent/parent consultations -30th /31st January 1st /6th /7th February (see below)
  • Parents' Online-safety workshop - Monday 4th Feb
  • Year 3 class assembly - Thurs 7th Feb
  • Half term - Friday 15th Feb 
At Fox Primary School we are very proud of our children and staff when it comes to putting on a show ranging from assemblies, productions to the ever impressive talent shows. Traditionally these have been recorded, edited and produced on DVD. However, this is a complicated, time consuming and an out of date way of distributing digital content. 

In an age of Netflix and on-demand streaming services on multi-platforms, we feel that this is the way forward for Fox to distribute such content. 
We are considering having all media we produce published online in a secure parent only access service similar to Netflix. Only current parents with children in this school will have access to the videos through this service. 
The main advantages of sharing content in this way are: 
•    Content can be produced and distributed much faster (potentially as early as the next day); 
•    The content is higher quality; 
•    It can be watched on multiplatform devices such as phones, tablets and laptops etc 
In order to make a viable service we would need to get enough parents to sign up and pay. The annual cost of a subscription would be £15 per year to access all content that the school produces until your child leaves the school. We envisage that each child would have approximately 3 videos per year uploaded – Christmas shows, class assemblies and talent show. In addition, other shows such as jazz workshop, Year 6 leavers and Reception graduation would always be uploaded. 

We are seeking the views on this from our parents and carers. Please click here to let us know your thoughts. 

Our IT team will attend the next FSA meeting to answer any queries.

Reading Gladiators 

Both the Year 2/3 and Year 4/5 Reading Gladiator sessions are taking place next week.

Year 2/3 - Planet Awesome - Tuesday at 3:45 - 4:30

Year 4/5 - The Lost Magic - Monday at 3:45 - 4:30

These sessions are a fantastic opportunity to develop adventurous reading choices, sustained reading for pleasure, purpose and understanding, and engage parents and carers with their children’s reading.

It's not too late to read the book and get involved!

Younger siblings cannot attend the sessions and children must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult can accompany up to 3 children, but please discuss this with each child's parents/carers and the children themselves so they know who is responsible for them.

Spring Term Parent/Carer Consultations
Wednesday 30th January             2pm – 6pm                                                         Class 1C
Thursday 31st January                  2pm – 6pm                                                        All Classes except 4GT
 Friday 1st February                       2.30pm – 5pm                                                   All Classes except 1C & 4GT
Wednesday 6th February      – 8.20am & 1.30 – 4.40pm                       Class 4GT
Thursday 7th February                   1.30pm – 4.40pm                                               Class 4GT
Online appointment booking system
This allows you to choose your own appointment times with class teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointment. This must be the name and e-mail address we hold on the system for you.
 Appointments can be made now and will close an hour before the first appointment on the consultation day.
Should you wish to make any changes after this time, please contact the school office.
Please visit :  to book your appointments.
Login with the following information:

Your Title, Forename and Surname
E-mail address (you will get a reminder if you do this)
Pupil’s Preferred Forename:
Pupil’s Surname:
Pupils Date of birth: DD/MM/YYYY
Update from Mrs Hardisty 
Phase B Choir

We are delighted to be trialling a Phase B (years 2 and 3) choir from next week. This will be led initially by both Mrs Hardisty with Miss Griffiths and then Miss Griffiths will take over the running of the choir towards the end of term. Rehearsals will be at lunchtime for 15-20 minutes, after the children have eaten. These will be on a Thursday to begin with. Please let Mrs Hardisty know if would like your child to participate, so that we have a rough idea of numbers before our first rehearsal and we know who to gather up from the playground!
New Fox value of the year - Resilience.
We have four core values at Fox (Collaboration, Caring, Independence and Creativity) which inform all we do. In addition to these, we are going to introduce a 5th ‘value of the year’, which is chosen by the school council and explored in assemblies and time in class. This year the school council have decided the new value will be ‘resilience’, a value that is already taught and encouraged in some year groups and which we hope will be embraced by children throughout the school.  
Fox and Pounds Lottery Winners
Date 1st Prize £65.40 2nd Prize £21.80 Fox Honey Bonus Prize
18/01/2019 Marko KRZNARIC Nitika BHANDARI Joe CAVANAGH None

Parent's Handwriting workshop 
Thank you to all those who attended the workshop this week. The presentation is now on the school website here

Receptions first Fox trip 
It was Reception’s first ever trip and they went to the science museum. Lots of people commented on how sensible the children were and how lovely it was to see them so excited! They  saw the space exhibition and went into an interactive pattern area. The children were very tired at the end of the day but had a fantastic time! They’ve done lots of follow up work including writing and recreating their trip in the creative area.

Ms Madden recommends.....
This week, I'd like to share the fantastic newly published guide for parents' and teachers by EmpathyLab, '30 books to develop empathy for children aged 4-11'.   It is widely recognised that books are a key tool for building empathy.   Reading provides insight into other people's way of life from their own, to their feelings and the experiences and challenges that they face.  There are many of the suggested titles that you may recognise, that we have in school already, or have reviewed of late, and there are many more that we hope to discover over the coming months.  

You will find the link here:

Year 1 holiday home learning
Year One write reports over the holidays on looking after pets. They learnt lots of new facts about rabbits, cats, dogs and even pigs!
The art room would love any old, used shirts to keep clothes clean during messy art lessons. Please drop off in the school office.
 Thank you!

Tuesday Night Fox Fitness
In response to demand, Fox Fitness will be holding an additional session on Tuesday nights at 6:10pm, as well as the regular Wednesday 6:30am morning workout.
Get a start on your New Year’s resolution and come down for your FREE first session (£10 per session afterward).
Offering alternative challenges for every exercise, this 45-minute fat burning circuit is accessible for all fitness levels.

Contact Year 6 TA and Qualified Personal Trainer Tom Mackenzie via email ( or Whatsapp (+44 7429 721 641) to register your interest for Tuesday Night or Wednesday Morning.

Term Dates 2019-2020
Autumn Term
Tuesday 3rd September - Friday 18th October 2019 
Tuesday 29th October - Friday 20th December

Spring Term
Tuesday 7th January- Friday 14th February 2020
Monday 24th February- Friday 3rd April

Summer Term 
Tuesday  21st  April- Friday 22nd May (amended)
Monday 1st June - Friday 17th July 
Whole School Attendance  97.46%
 RC   Stella
RP John
1C Teymour
1J Margot
2J Leo

3F Ada
3M Hannah
4GT  Misha
4B Charlie
5B Kinan
5C Diana
6J Gaby
6M Isabelle
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